4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard – Take 2!


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven 12 of those albums have sales figures (one still in progress), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris Brown, X (RCA,…

Common Won’t Be Smiling on Next Week’s Chart


Unsurprisingly, 5 Seconds of Summer are expected to sell robustly on next week’s chart, locking up the #1 spot. How big, according to Billboard, the prognostication is 250,000, otherwise known as a quarter of million. 250,000 copies, if realized, exceeds the 176,000 copies start for One Direction’s debut, Up All Night. Slip of the tongue…

Lana Del Rey & Sam Smith Have Reason to Smile, J. Lo Not so much


Billboard prognosticates that three albums are expected to sell more than 100,000 copies this week.  This is something that the music industry desperately needs to happen, given the slow sales of 2014.  Those three artists and their respective albums expected to accomplish that feat are Lana Del Rey (Ultraviolence), Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour),…